3 last-minute ProWritingAid fixes that will make a huge difference in a short time.

by Lisa Lepki Jul 14, 2015, 0 Comments

We know that many of you, like us, need a fast-approaching deadline in order to really get down to the business of writing. The problem with doing it all at the last minute means that your editing time is short and needs to be efficient and effective. These three reports will help you do swift and snappy edit when you are down to the wire:

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1. Repeat Words & Phrases

This is a quick report that highlights all the words and phrases that are repeated within a short distance of each other. It’s easy to repeat a phrase when you are writing but it’s hard for you as the writer to spot them! Use the report to track them down for you so that you can replace one instance with a different word.

2. Sticky Sentences Report

This report will call you out on your overly long and complicated sentences. You wrote the words, so you understand the rhythm of all those clauses, commas and glue words. Your reader, however, will have more trouble. She may have to read it again just to get the meaning. Go back to these sentences and improve their readability.

3. Writing Style Check

This indispensable report will quickly find adverbs and instances of passive voice within your writing—two clear indicators of weak composition. You don’t need to get rid of every instance, sometimes it’s the best option, but it’s important to re-assess and see if there’s a stronger way to get your idea across.

Each ProWritingAid user knows the reports that they find most useful. It’s different for everyone. The more you use ProWritingAid, the more you will learn about your own bad writing habits and your writing will improve as you learn to spot those mistakes as you make them. So the efficiency of these fixes is two-fold: they’re quick checks to perform as your deadline looms, but they’ll also teach good writing habits to make the editing stage more streamlined in future.

About the Author:

Lisa Lepki is the Editor of the ProWritingAid blog. A word nerd, she loves the technical elements of writing almost as much as the writing itself. She is the co-author of The Novel-Writing Training Plan and 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers Her work can also be found on Writer’s Digest, bookbaby.com, The Write Life, and DIYAuthor. Contact her on lisa@prowritingaid.com.

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